If you are in the St. Louis area next month, swing by Central Print to see FLOCK in action and on display!
Artist’s talk on Thursday, August 1st from 7-8 pm.
FLOCK community workshop Friday, August 2nd from 4-8 pm. Participants can join the workshop at any time!
Installation of FLOCK prints will be on display from August 1st through August 31st, 2019. These prints have been created by hundreds of project participants from across the US since 2015.
FLOCK is a socially engaged project in which draws connections between subculture of birdwatching and our broader cultural values through collaborative, community dialogue & printmaking. It provides an innovative model for reflecting on our relationship with nature. FLOCK has grown since 2015 to include over 200 collaborators at three separate locations. It’s essential components are birdwatching, a discussion of our perceptions of birds through the language contained in historical field guides and hands-on collaborative relief printmaking. Since 2015, I have exhibited the prints that emerge from FLOCK as an installation in a print studio, a nature center, a museum and a science center. in each iteration, FLOCK has expanded awareness of my unique practice. Viewers can fill out surveys about their favorite birds as they experience a “flock” of bird prints installed all over the walls and on wires overhead. The silhouettes, colors and patterns in these prints emerge from my discussions with participants & are inspired by the urban environments in which many interact with birds. Though the physical prints are one outcome of this project, but I value the collaborative making & discussion experience even more than the prints themselves, perceiving the prints as artifacts of this process. This comes from my genuine interest in getting to know people through how they see nature— a process which helps me understand my own relationship with nature.